Kerala is an Indian state located on the south-westernMalabar Coast. The state is famous for its natural beauty,rich heritage and unique cultural expressions like Kathakali and Kutchipudi dance. Starting from its picturesque backwater tolush green tea plantation, Kerala has everything to mesmerize you. Here is a complete tour plan of this God’sown country.
Day-1 Kerala is well connected to all other parts of India. You may avail either train or air to reachKerala. Let’s start form Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuramwhich is the capital city of this state. Upon reaching Trivandrum go to Light HouseBeach. A local autorickshaw will charge around Rs110per person for this trip. After reaching Light House beach check into your hotel. In the evening, walk around the beautifullight house beach. Here you can enjoy delicious local food onthe sea beach.
Day-2 On Day-2 of your tour go for local sightseeing around light house beach. A local auto will charge around Rs 550 forthe whole day tour. You may also hire a cab for this tour. Charge will be around Rs. 1300. First go to Padmanabhaswamy Temple. It is one of the most famous temples of Kerala. Both traditional Kerala style and Tamil stylearchitecture can be found in this temple. The main deity here is Lord Vishnu. From Padmanabhaswamy Temple, go to visit PoovarBackwater. For the backwater cruise a reserved boat willcharge around Rs2500 to Rs 3000 depending on the time and number of seats available. Poovar is a small village situated at thesouthern part of Trivandrum and is famous for its backwater, untapped beaches and exoticresorts. Enjoy the stunning views of Kerala backwatershere. From Poovar, go to visit Kovalam Beach. Kovalam is the most famous and happening beachin Kerala. The palm backed beach is a little crowdednowadays. If you love fun and adventure activities thenthis is the right place for you in Kerala. From Kovalam Beach, go to nearby Samudra Beach. This is a pristine beach where you can enjoythe proximity of nature and solitude.
Day-3On day-3 of your tour go to Varkala from Kovalam. You may avail train or car to reach Varkala. A local car will charge around Rs 1900 forthis trip. At Varkala, first visit Varkala Beach. This beach is also known as Papanashambeachthat means this is a beach where you can wash away your sins. It is the only southern Kerala beach whereyou can see cliffs adjacent to Arabian Sea. After Varkala beach go to SreeJanardanaSwamyTemple. This is a 2000 year old temple locally popularas Varkala Temple. The main deity here is Lord Vishnu.
Day-4 On 4th day of your tour go to Alleppy from Thiruvananthapuram. You can avail either car or train to go toAlleppy from Trivandrum. By train it will take 3 hours to reach Alleppyfrom Trivandrum. A local car will charge around Rs 2400 forthis trip. Train fare is Rs60 per person. If you are travelling by train then you haveto hire a local autorickshaw to reach your hotel. It will cost around Rs30 per head dependingupon distance. After check-in go for a short local tour. A local auto will cost around 500 for thistrip. First go to visit Alleppy Beach. From Alleppy beach go to visit AlleppyLlightHouse. It was built in the year 1862 and is the firstlighthouse on the Arabian sea coast of Kerala. The lighthouse is open for tourists on everyweekday from 3PM to 4.30 PM. –
Day-5 On day -5 go to Alleppy Backwater. A local auto can take you to the backwaterfrom your hotel. Charges will be around Rs 100. Spend the night onAlleppy backwater in a houseboatand watch the local life by the side of the water. Youwill be charged around Rs 4700 for a dayin a houseboat including food. This cruise is famous for amazing views.
Day-6On 6th day of your tour go to Thekkady from Alleppy. A local car will charge between Rs 2500 to3000 for this tour. Bus service is also available here. Bus fare is Rs 145 per person. By bus it will take 6hours to reach Thekkadyfrom Alleppy. Thekkady is located near Kerala-Tamil Naduborder. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreenforestsand savanna grass lands. It is home of many animals like elephants,sambar, tigers and Nilgirilangurs.
Day-7 On day-7 go for boat safari at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The safari charge including camera is Rs 285. The wildlife sanctuary was declared a tigerreserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by theMullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River is an added attraction here. The greatest attractions of Periyar are theherds of wild elephants, deer and bison that come down to drink in the lake. After Periyar safari go to Munnar from Thekkadyby bus or car. It will take approximately 6hours to reachMunnar from Thekkady by Bus. Fare is around Rs 103 per person.
Day-8 On 8th day go for Local Sightseeing at Munnar. There are 4 sightseeing tours available inMunnar. A local auto will charge Rs 400 for each tour. First go to the Flower Garden. It is a well-manicured flower garden calledFloriculture Centre. The park features a large variety of flowersand some herbal plants maintained by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation. From Flower Garden Go to visit Tata Tea Museum. Next visit Lockheart Tea Factory. From Lockheart Tea Factory go to MattupettyDam. Mattupettyis another popular tourist spotin Munnar. The place has an excellent view of the lakeand tea plantations spread over a wide area. From Mattupetty go to Echo Point. Located at an altitude of 600 ft. and 15 kilometresaway from Munnar, the scenic beauty of Echo Point is quite fascinating. This picturesque destination is situated rightin the lap of a picturesque lake and lush green mountains, which makes it a visual treatfor all. From Echo Point go to Top Station. The Top Station is located about 32 kilometresaway from the city centre. It is the highest point in Munnar. From here you can get the panoramic view ofthe majestic Western Ghats. The place is popular for natural beauty. The lush valleys and cascading waterfallsof this destination make it a mesmerizing place. From Top Station go to visit Kundala Lake. Kundala is Asia’s first arch dam and rareNeelaKurunji flowers which bloom once in twelve years, bloom in the hills and valleys aroundKundalalake. Enjoy pedal Boating in the lake. The cost is Rs.150 per couple for an hour. After Kundala Lake visit Attukad Water Falls. Nestled amidst beautiful hills and lush greenforest, this pristine waterfall is a famous picnic site. However, the road to Atukkad is very narrowand needs special care to drive on. From Attukad waterfalls go to see HoneybeeTree in the forest. In the evening you can be entertained by KathakaliDance performances of local dance troupe. The ticket for this dance show is Rs250 per person. Also, you may go to see the famous Kalaripayattuof Kerala. Karlaripayattu is an ancient Indian Martialart and fighting system originated in Kerala. Ticket price for this show will be Rs300 perperson.
Day-9On day 9 morning take a walk around the local market. Here you will find home-made chocolates, freshvegetables and fruits. After breakfast start your journey towardsKochi by car. A local cab will charge around Rs 2600 forthis trip. On your way visit Athirapally and Vazachalwaterfalls. First Visit Athirapally Waterfalls. It is the largest waterfall in Kerala and80feet high. The place is home to many rare species offlora and fauna. From Athirapally visit Vazachal Waterfalls. It is yet another beautiful waterfalls inKerala. Athirapally and Vazachal waterfalls are inTrishur district which is close to Kochi.
Day-10On the 10th day morning go for local sightseeing. A local car will charge around Rs 2600 fora whole day trip. At Kochi visit Fort Kochi first. Fort Kochi is a seaside town in the south-westernpart of Kochi which is known for its old-world colonial charm. Adjacent to fort Kochi there is pristine FortKochi Beach where you can enjoy nature. Here you can see the Chinese Fishing Net. As per legend these nets were a gift of thefamous Chinese King, Kublai Khan. Fishermen even today use these elaborate conventionalfishing nets.
Day-11On day 11 head back to Kochi airport for departure. Where to StayThere are several hotels and homestays available in all places of Kerala. A mid level hotel will charge between Rs 1500to 2500 per day. The total package cost for a couple will bearound Rs 65000 including flight fare.